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Broadway & Vocalists and Indie Music album by Hugh Jackman, Josefina Gabrielle, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Richard Rodgers

Following up their landmark 1993 revival ofCarousel, London's Royal National Theatre delivers another pillar of the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon with their 1998 production ofOklahoma!As on the earlier CD,Oklahoma!provides a generous amount of music … see full wiki

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quite possibly the definitive OKLAHOMA!

  • Mar 2, 2005
This fantastic OKLAHOMA! cast album features the acclaimed 1998 National Theatre revival cast headed by Hugh Jackman and Josefina Gabrielle. Mary Rodgers (the daughter of Richard Rodgers) has called this production the finest OKLAHOMA! she has ever attended. A full taped performance of the revival is available on DVD and highly-recommended from this corner. Hugh Jackman has a luscious voice as Curly, singing powerfully in all his numbers, and he performs "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" like the song was only written yesterday. Josefina Gabrielle has a winsome quality as Laurey, and her "Out of My Dreams" is fantastic. "Many a New Day" is performed as her stridant anthem that she can do very well without the attentions of the opposite sex. This recording is further-enhanced by the all-new "Dream Ballet" orchestrated by William David Brohn, which takes as its starting point the original version but adds some fresh new touches. Be warned though: as it appears on the recording, the "Dream Ballet" has been slightly-abriged due to length purposes (for the full piece, refer to the DVD). Maureen Lipman is a sardonic delight as Aunt Eller, Vicki Simon belts Ado Annie's "I Cain't Say No" to perfection and Jimmy Johnston is fantastic as Will Parker. Shuler Hensley perfectly captures the intense and brooding nature of Jud Frye with the haunting "Lonely Room". One of the best OKLAHOMA! cast album efforts.

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Label: First Night Records
Genre: Indie Music, Broadway & Vocalists
Release Date: November 2, 1999
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